The Experience of Place

The Experience of Place

by Tony Hiss
     
 
'The Experience of Place' offers an innovative and delightfully readable proposal for new ways of planning, building, and managing our most immediate and overlooked surroundings.

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'The Experience of Place' offers an innovative and delightfully readable proposal for new ways of planning, building, and managing our most immediate and overlooked surroundings.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Spanning the fields of environmentalism and urban and regional planning, this primer's basic premise is simple: the places where we spend our time--homes, offices, train stations, parks, stores, etc.--affect who we are. New Yorker staff writer Hiss begins by minutely examining his on-site responses to Manhattan's Grand Central Station, Times Square and Central Park. He then ranges further afield: from downtown San Francisco to towns in Maine's north woods, from protected landscapes in England and Wales to Frankfurt's public open spaces. His revelatory odyssey is an invitation to stop, look, linger--and preserve what is life-enhancing in the environment. Hiss hails planning tools of the emergent science of place, including environmental simulations, satellite photographs, experimental watchdog groups and other regionalist projects that link city to countryside. His humane essay, originally published in the New Yorker , offers much food for thought. (Aug.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Hiss, a writer for The New Yorker (where portions of this will appear), passionately believes that ``the places where we spend our time affect the people we are and can become.'' Here he explores psychological attitudes toward physical environments--parks, farms, and cities. Concerned about the debilitating effects of overdevelopment and urban sprawl on both the individual and collective psyche, he draws on innovative thinkers like Frederick Law Olmsted and Benton MacKaye to find practical suggestions for rethinking current environmental problems. This ambitious and caring essay speaks to a generation of Americans who hunger not only to save but enhance the Earth. For all but the smallest libraries. --Kenneth F. Kister, Tampa, Fla.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394568492
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/11/1990
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
233

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